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a little birdy told spike

a little birdy told spike

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art/history: why is it that some of the most amusing people seem to have such an acute & abiding sadness? this revolutionary comedian, writer, musician & poet suffered bipolar disorder that once all but crippled him for over a year. still, he persisted & was a major influence even on some of today's most successful british comedians & comedy shows. without him, the world may never have known monty python. now, that wouldn't do. spike milligan was a genius with boundless empathy. a stalwart vegetarian, he spoke out against vivisection & hunting. he also kept company with the likes of peter sellers & george martin. paul mccartney was his neighbour & used to borrow spike's grand piano. born #otd in 1918, spike milligan died in 2002. his headstone reads 'i told you i was ill'.

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